Last Sunday Bishop Trevor, who is shortly to retire, addressed his last ever Diocesan Synod and as part of this he spoke about about the confirmation which he did at our church the previous week:
On Monday I presided at a service of Confirmation for two of our Church Schools during which twelve young people stood up and affirmed their faith in Jesus Christ. The schools serve two of the most socially and economically deprived communities, not only in our Diocese but in the Country as a whole. The love, care, and sheer professionalism of the teachers is truly remarkable. If ever we wanted proof of our commitment to the nurture of young people, Monday was it.
Margaret and I joined the young people for lunch before the service which gave us an opportunity to listen in to their excitement and commitment in wanting to be disciples of Jesus Christ. That they were making that step is due in many ways to the extraordinary care and support which they continue to receive from their teachers and from the community of their school together of course, with their parents and carers. The Church was filled with their fellow pupils also full of excitement and conversation, yet during the course of the service and most particularly when I came to confirm each of the young people, you could have heard a pin drop in the Church itself.
The joy and privilege of presiding at such services has been a constant joy and refreshment for me.
As a school we have loved working with him and will miss him greatly.